Celebrating its return to the Las Vegas Strip, O’Sheas Casino reopened at 11 a.m. today with an official ribbon cutting as well as a celebratory first beer pour and toast. Soon after, a rollicking game of beer pong was also underway.
Executives from The Quad and The Linq were on hand with a couple of beautiful “Jubilee!” showgirls, master juggler/jokester Jeff Civillico and Mr. Lucky the Leprechaun (aka Brian Thomas).
“You’re going to have a great time and enjoy the same great value – O’Sheas is now open!” said Eileen Moore, regional president and general manager of The Quad, amid a rousing chorus of “Yeah!” from the crowd of patrons who had gathered and were eager to step inside. “It has been a legend for 23 years and now it’s back!”
The small Irish-themed gaming joint originally opened in 1989 and closed its doors on April 30, 2012 to make way for construction of The Linq, a $550 million entertainment district being built by Caesars Entertainment.
The new O’Sheas Casino is located inside The Quad, on the south side of the resort. Just steps from the Strip, it offers access to both The Quad and The Linq. There is also an outdoor Blarney Bar and beer garden.
Measuring 5,000 square feet, O’Sheas Casino boasts two indoor bars – the central Dublin Up Bar and the corner Lucky Bar. Guests will be able to order a variety of Irish, European and domestic beers here. There will be some draft beers for $3 and shots for $5 as well as creative cocktails (like the St. Peppermint Patty, the Pot of Gold and the Irish Margarita, which is made with whiskey) for $10. In addition, specially priced drinks will be available weekly during Whiskey Wednesdays and Throwback Thursdays.
Even though the old O’Sheas Casino was imploded, several pieces of the original establishment were preserved. Its marquee was refurbished and placed above the entrance from The Linq. Some of the tin ceiling tiles have been repurposed and serve as decorative finishes throughout the casino. Plus, a large picture of the original O’Sheas Casino is the backdrop behind the Lucky Bar.
Other amenities at O’Sheas Casino include 11 tables games, 15 video poker machines and six beer pong tables. Tournaments will be held daily beginning at 3 p.m. There is a small stage that will showcase bands and other live entertainment nightly. You may see Mr. Lucky take over DJ duties occasionally too.
After being handed the first beer, which was poured by Civillico, Mr. Lucky urged everyone to hold their drinks high in the air as he recited a variation of a traditional Irish blessing: “May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, and may good luck pursue you at O’Sheas every morning, afternoon and night!”
O’Sheas Casino is now open 24 hours daily. Visitors will be able to set foot in the first section of The Linq later this afternoon or early this evening. Starbucks has also opened and Chayo Cocina, a Mexican restaurant created by Executive Chef Carlos Garcia Rios, is expected to open tonight.
Over the next five days, a few more tenants of The Linq will debut – including the Purple Zebra and The Haute Doggery.
When completed in 2014, the open-air, pedestrian-only district will be jam-packed with dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities and feature rides on its anchor attraction, the 550-foot-tall observation wheel called the High Roller (scheduled to open in spring).
O’Sheas Casino opening in photos
Photos copyright Jennifer Whitehair / VEGAS.com.